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Roseanna's Grave (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Drama  |  18 June 1997 (USA)
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Roseanna is dying of a heart condition, and all she wants is to be buried next to her daughter, in a cemetery that is getting full fast. The cemetery can't expand because Capestro, the man ... See full summary »

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Marcello
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Roseanna 'Rosa'
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Cecilia
Mark Frankel ...
Antonio
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Fredo Iaccoponi
Fay Ripley ...
Francesca
George Rossi ...
Sergeant Baggio
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Father Bramilla
Roberto Della Casa ...
Bruno Rossi
Luigi Diberti ...
Capestro
Renato Scarpa ...
Doctor Sergio Benvenuto
Romano Ghini ...
Umberto
Giovanni Pallavicino ...
Enzo
Jorge Krimer ...
Salvatore
Daniele Ferretti ...
Nunzio
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Roseanna is dying of a heart condition, and all she wants is to be buried next to her daughter, in a cemetery that is getting full fast. The cemetery can't expand because Capestro, the man who owns the land next to the cemetery, won't sell. While Marcello is doing good deeds to make sure no one dies, Roseanna thinks of Marcello's future. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »
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$45,163 (USA) (4 July 1997)

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$72,588 (USA) (11 July 1997)
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Roseanna: Is the Mayor of New York still Italian?
Marcello: Why would anybody want to stop being Italian?
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A superb, classy, tragic comedy
21 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is one of those wonderful hidden gems that restore your faith in both film making and storytelling.The opening premise is that a mans'wife is soon to die from an incurable disease and that her last wish is to be buried in the village church graveyard. Unfortunately there is just one plot left!

Naturally there are a number of other villagers even closer to deaths' door.The husband, Marcello,is brilliantly played by Jean Reno. He delivers a virtuoso performance which carries the film dashing around saving the lives of other villagers in order that his wife can secure the last plot! Part romantic comedy, part farce, part love story, part tragedy, this superbly crafted tale had me laughing and holding back a tear in equal measure.

The farce scenes rival Feydeau at his best in the likes of 'Hotel Paradiso', slapstick with style. Yet Reno as Marcelo, ably assisted by his comic "sraight" partner, Mercedes Ruehl as his wife Roseanna, also produces a pathos for the tragic circumstances which underscore his credentials as a very fine actor.Unmissable. A real treat.


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